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Oh boy.

I confess myself flattered; it's the first time someone mentions my username 18 times in an article and expresses interest in paying for my ramblings. Yes, indeed, as an impoverished Eastern European, it would be in my rational self-interest to accept payment for articles (even short ones that were intended as mere conversation starters and include Youtube links to Weird Al Yankovic parodies), seeing as for me a sum as little as $20 translates to whoa money and to guess who's going shopping today!. To make things better, my writing articles for Omnilibrium wouldn't even represent an opportunity cost away from playing golf, since, as a poor Eastern European, golf is prohibitively expensive for me, my main form of exercising being 10-mile-long walks on drab boulevards lined with Communist blocs.

Alas, being an impoverished Eastern European, in the absence of free and simple upvotes I wouldn't be able to express my own interest in the sort of articles I would like to see posted more. I'd probably vanish pretty quickly from any community which required payments for basic features, dismissing it as "one of those rich people things" and resorting instead to quietly studying the fundamental books of political theory and macroeconomics and sociology (which I would pirate off the internet because books are bloody expensive and I lack a bank account), while saving my articles offline for my eyes only. Capitalizing on digital goods is not a bad idea. But it restricts participation to people who can and do complete online financial transactions, which by the way is not everybody.

Worry not, though; my time and energy are pretty much not valuable, and writing stuff for free online is a comparatively better use of these resources than other equally not lucrative alternatives that I have (lucrative alternatives are out of the question since I'm currently on a gap year out of college for clinical depression, which is another way of spelling "unemployable"). Meaningless internet points are enough of an incentive as far as I'm concerned, and a monetary incentive to write would probably bolster my confidence in making sweeping rhetorical statements I really have no job making. Motivated word vomit is not how writing works, especially in fields in which you know yourself not to be an expert, especially especially in fields out of your expertise which attract strong opinions with no knowledge to back them. The immense majority of everything I've written so far is offline for a damn good reason, which is, I'm like Socrates and Jon Snow in that I know nothing. The only statements that see the light of the day are those that a) are innocuous enough; b) ask for more input from more qualified people than me; and c) I'm at least 60% sure are not completely off the mark. Save for reasonably respectable academic bloggers, that's how online content should stay if we don't want otherwise okayish amateur writers to lower their quality and turn to pandering to their fanbase. (I'm not even sure it doesn't happen to respectable bloggers.)

So, in conclusion, thanks, but... the idea is heavily misdirected. I've noticed it's one of your pet ideas. That's nice. But it's more efficient to think of the best context for implementing it beforehand.






Alas, being an impoverished Eastern European, in the absence of free and simple upvotes I wouldn't be able to express my own interest in the sort of articles I would like to see posted more.

Eh....? In my article I said that I'd put some money in your digital wallet for the article you wrote. Having this money in your digital wallet would allow you to express your own interest in the sort of articles that you would like to see posted more.

Would I be the only person to put money in your digital wallet? Why wouldn't you want to find out? Ignorance is bliss?

The more money that people put in your wallet... the more influence/power/control you'd have over the future supply of articles.

Worry not, though; my time and energy are pretty much not valuable, and writing stuff for free online is a comparatively better use of these resources than other equally not lucrative alternatives that I have...

...now.

Should I wait until my gf has a more lucrative relationship option before I accurately communicate my valuation of our relationship?

Should an employer wait until his employee has a more lucrative job offer before accurately communicating his valuation of his employee?

These strategies are... risky!

If I value your articles then I should communicate this to you now. Not later. If everybody else does the same... then you can make a more informed decision down the road when you do have lucrative options.

Meaningless internet points are enough of an incentive as far as I'm concerned, and a monetary incentive to write would probably bolster my confidence in making sweeping rhetorical statements I really have no job making.

Icarus much? heh.

You're intelligent. Just write. I'm intelligent. If what you write resonates with me... then I'll give you some money. If it doesn't, then I won't.

If members of this forum sponsor intelligence... then more intelligent people will sign up. The logical result will be an abundance of intelligence.
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